Frank Cicero— Protestant or Catholic? His Family of “relative strangers”

Frank Cicero is a trial and appellate lawyer. He has tried and argued a wide variety of civil and criminal matters in courts at all levels in the United States as well as in international arbitrations and litigations. He is a member of numerous professional societies, including The American College of Trial Lawyers and the Società di Studi Valdesi.
Frank’s accomplishments and cases he has tried have been discussed in various publications including Who’s Who in America; The Best Lawyers in America; Superwreck, by Rudolph Chelminski, William Morrow & Co., Inc.; The Man Who Beat Clout City, by Robert McClory, Swallow Press, Inc.; L’Affaire Amoco, by Yvon Rochard, Editions ArMen; and Le procès de l’Amoco Cadiz, by Alphonse Arzel, Édilarge S.A.–Éditions Ouest-France.
Frank holds a J.D. Degree from the University of Chicago, a Masters degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and a B.A. from Wheaton College (Illinois). He is a senior partner with the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, based in Chicago, Illinois.

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About the book:


Frank Cicero’s four Italian grandparents arrived in Chicago in 1904. They lived for thirty years less than two blocks apart in one of Chicago’s largest Italian neighborhoods. His father’s family were Sicilian Catholics, who worshipped at the Scalabrinian staffed Santa Maria Addolorata Roman Catholic Church. His mother’s parents were Waldensians from Piedmont, Protestants who promptly joined the First Italian Presbyterian Church of Chicago. Their paths never crossed until the author’s parents met, fell in love, and wed secretly over the opposition of both families. The author and his siblings were raised in the faith of the longest-surviving Protestant reform church as well as in the unique warmth of their Sicilian Catholic relations.

Frank Cicero--Author of "Relative Strangers" will present on Saturday Morning

Frank Cicero–Author of “Relative Strangers” will present on Saturday Morning

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Dominic Candeloro, 1401 Cleveland Avenue LaGrange Park, IL 60526, 708-354-0952 Cell 847-951-910 2012-13-Adjunct Prof. Italian American History, Loyola University Chicago 1981-present—Part-time volunteer program co-ordinator and librarian Italian Cultural Center at Casa Italia 2001-2006 Executive Director, American Italian Historical Association 2005-----Co Director of the Exhibit “The Dream...per non dementicare” Archivio Centrale dello Stato-Roma 1995-2003 Special Assistant to the Mayor of Chicago Heights Director, Conferences/Workshops & Weekend College, Governors State University Adjunct Professor of History 1977-1982 Visiting Assistant Professor - History, University of Illinois, Chicago.and Director of the "Italians in Chicago" Project, $300,000 NEH Grant (1979-1982). 1976-1977 Visiting Assistant Professor - History, University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign. Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign, History. Dissertation: ,Louis Freeland Post: Carpetbagger, Singletaxer, Progressive." J. Leonard Bates, Advisor. B.A. Northwestern University, 1982-1983 Fulbright Research Fellowship, Italy.

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